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FG di­rects all work­ers to re­sume Monday

Ap­proves foot­ball restart, bars fans

- By Ab­bas Ji­moh Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · African Politics · Politics · U.S. government · Boss Mustapha · Abuja · Muhammadu Buhari · Lagos · Nigeria · The German government

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day di­rected all work­ers hith­erto asked to stay off duty to re­sume on Monday.

The Sec­re­tary the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion and Chair­man, Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, an­nounced this in Abuja at the brief­ing of the task­force.

He said this was part of the PTF rec­om­men­da­tions ap­proved by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Un­til yes­ter­day, only grade level 12 work­ers and above were al­lowed to work.

He also said that only the FCT and La­gos had achieved the tar­get of test­ing one per­cent of its pop­u­la­tion; while 26 states were yet to test

to up to 25 per­cent rate.

He said much as the world was com­ing to terms with the new nor­mal, emerg­ing sta­tis­tics in­di­cated that Nige­ri­ans still had to be cau­tious and vig­i­lant by tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity due to the sec­ond wave of the virus in many parts of the globe.

He said: “The PTF how­ever noted the huge chal­lenge posed to our na­tional re­sponse by states as a re­sult of poor en­gage­ment which man­i­fests strongly in the form of low level of sam­ple col­lec­tion across the coun­try.

“Af­ter a very care­ful re­view of the na­tional re­sponse, the PTF be­lieves that while re­cent num­bers point to a likely flat­ten­ing of the curve con­sis­tent with emerg­ing epi­demic con­trol, Nige­ria is not yet ready for a full­re­open­ing of the econ­omy.”

He said Buhari ap­proved that Nige­ria fur­ther re­laxe the re­stric­tions in this third phase of the re­sponse, while main­tain­ing key lim­i­ta­tions to curb the risk of a spike in cases.

He said: “The ma­jor changes pro­posed by the PTF are grad­ual and safe re­open­ing of schools and NYSC camps; re-com­mence­ment of sport­ing leagues, in par­tic­u­lar all out­door ac­tiv­i­ties such as foot­ball; sus­tain­ing the mid­night to 4am curfew on move­ment na­tion­wide; and re­moval of the lim­i­ta­tion on civil ser­vants al­lowed to come to work.”

PTF Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor Dr Sani Aliyu said the lift­ing of re­stric­tion on out­door sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing foot­ball was in line with ear­lier con­sul­ta­tions with the Fed­eral Min­istry of Youth Sport De­vel­op­ment and the NCDC.

He, how­ever, said this was lim­ited to the ac­tual sport it­self, not with mass gath­er­ings.

He said mass gath­er­ing, in­clud­ing at sport events, was still re­stricted as this rep­re­sent an op­por­tu­nity for the virus to spread with an in­creased rate of a sec­ond wave.

He said: “For gath­er­ings in en­closed places, this will con­tinue to be lim­ited to only 50 per­sons with phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing and com­pul­sory wear­ing of face masks ex­cept for work­places.”

He said the clo­sure of night bars and clubs was re­tained to pre­vent es­ca­la­tion of cases of COVID-19 in the coun­try.

 ??  ?? Staff of Nige­ria So­cial In­sur­ance Trust Fund (NSITF), dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at NSITF’s head­quar­ters in Abuja on Wed­nes­day evening chal­leng­ing the man­age­ment’s new pol­icy that seeks to de­mote about 5000 staff
Staff of Nige­ria So­cial In­sur­ance Trust Fund (NSITF), dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at NSITF’s head­quar­ters in Abuja on Wed­nes­day evening chal­leng­ing the man­age­ment’s new pol­icy that seeks to de­mote about 5000 staff

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